Articles- & The Economic Times

Gen-Next shuns oft-trodden paths, breaks new barriers
Aug 21, 2014, 05.09AM IST


(The new inheritors are clever.…)

By Anuvab Pal

“I spent 35 years building a 100 crore trucks business and you want to be a bungee jumper?”

“Dad, I don’t want to be a bungee jumper. I want to start an adventure tourism company”.

“That means what? A tour guide? You’ll take foreigners to some rock in Himachal and make them jump? You went to Harvard B School.”

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I don’t need to explain that kabaddi is currently going through a revival in India. Last time I saw it was during the black-and-white days of Doordarshan when it would be on during some socialist athletics meet (Indo Chini Archipelago Bhai Bhai Summit Games or some such nonsense) where us, the Soviets, the Chinese, some Cambodians, two Mongolians, a Bangladeshi would take part in what were called athletics events because the governments forced us to do it.

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Articles- Economic Times and

Economic Times

On bribery. And how it is changing.

Last week, a very senior public sector bank person was accused of taking a bribe on a loan he sanctioned. Naturally, that specific accusation and the implications thereof are being investigated by rather serious-looking people who never smile at serious CBIish sort of places.

But the nature of this rather odd kind of bribe — one taken for just doing your job — has brilliant comedic possibilities. Abank should give loans. That’s why it is there. There is a person paid by an organisation just to do that. You go in and see that person and she says, “Sure I will, but it will cost you.”

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On Mumbai real estate. And Donald Trump.

With Donald Trump’s entry, Mumbai’s unreal-estate market becomes even more surreal
His buildings are many things, shiny, golden, mirrored, like a mall in Dubai. Which is why it is a bit of a shock that it took this long for this story to come to Mumbai
“There is a man, you don’t know him, they call him The Donald,” an earnest Mumbai real-estate broker began explaining. “But I call him Donald Trump. Only because see that’s his whole name, so out of respect. He’s coming to Bombay in a way, with a bang, with such a big bang, that other builders’ buildings will just collapse – ground will shake out of fear, I’m telling you, boss. They will stop building and run away. Game over.”

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